Hezbollah shirks Al Manar's apology to Bahrain

hezbollah flag gunHezbollah denied any responsibility for its Lebanese Communication Group (Al-Manar Channel and Al-Nour Radio) apology to the Bahraini Information Affairs Authority (IAA) for its past coverage of news relating to Bahrain.

Hezbollah’s denial of responsibility comes less than 48 hours after the apology that was published and announced at the 90th meeting of the Arab States Broadcasting Union General Assembly executive board in the presence of member states.

Hezbollah claimed that its leadership was never consulted on the matter and the apology was an initiative taken by the Hezbollah media delegation without referring to the party leadership.

The party issued the following statement about the issue:

1- The position taken by the delegation representing  the Lebanese Communication Group was a special initiative that has not been reviewed by the Hezbollah leadership .

2- Our support for the the oppressed people of Bahrain did not change at all . We consider that the injustices practiced by the Bahraini authorities against the people are huge and they still persist in denying the rights of political participation for the Bahraini people .

3 – The apology should go to the Bahraini people themselves, who showed patience and tolerance for more than two and a half years and have suffered from repression and all kinds of of abuse by the ruling authorities .

4-The threat and intimidation and unjust accusation practiced by the authorities in Bahrain against anyone who supports the Bahraini people and their just cause is further evidence of the inability of the ruling authorities to dialogue with its own people. “

In its yesterday’s  statement, The Lebanese Communication Group pledged to commit, in the future, to objectivity in covering Arab news and events and abide by professional standards.

The heads of Arab delegations commended the step, lauding Bahrain for accepting the apology of the Lebanese Communication Group. ASBU director-general read the apology statement along with the decision of ASBU General Assembly assigning him to follow-up the implementation of the commitment expressed by the Lebanese Communication Group.

There was a lot of speculation in Lebanon on the apology since Hezbollah as a rule never apologizes, but according to the Lebanese newspaper Al Rai the apology was made on orders from the new Iran leadership that is trying to reach out to make amends with its neighbors as part of an overall shift in its international policy.

After eight years of rule by the bombastic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems determined to present a new image of Iran to the world.

“Iran is keen on re-engaging with the rest of the region, particularly the GCC, and pull the carpet from underneath the Israelis,” said Ghanem Nuseibeh of Cornerstone Global Associates, the London-based founder of the risk analysis group.

  • hezzies are terrorists

    2- Our support for the the oppressed people of Syria did not
    change at all . We consider that the injustices practiced by the
    Syrian authorities against the people are huge and they still persist
    in denying the rights of political participation for the Syrian people
    .

    3 – The apology should go to the Syrian people themselves, who showed patience and tolerance for more than two and a half years and have suffered from repression and all kinds of of abuse by the ruling authorities .

    4-The threat and intimidation and unjust accusation practiced by the authorities in Syrian
    against anyone who supports the Syrian people and their just cause is
    further evidence of the inability of the ruling authorities to dialogue
    with its own people. “

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      The smartest thing I’ve seen you post. That doesn’t mean I agree with you entirely.

    • dateam

      Couldnt the same be said of the bahrain government? After all did they not bring in saudia arabias army to quash the revolution?

      • Peaceforleb

        That doesn’t count will some people dateam, After all the oppressor is Sunni while the oppressed is Shiite. In this case as we all know, the main stream media very conveniently forgot the report such oppression.

        • dateam

          Whether its shiite or sunni christian or whatever…the point is people see what they want to see…oppressed is oppressed…oppressor is oppressor….look at libya,tunisia,egypt,ksa,palestine,syria.morocco and on and on and on

          • Peaceforleb

            I completely agree with you datam. I just wish others were able to see the same.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Cut the BS

          • dateam

            Its amazing isnt it? You made a perfectly legitimate comment simply stating if only people could see each other in the same way yet cop these comments and 2 thumbs down? It makes one wonder how people raise their kids these days? Do people allow their kids to play with kids of a different sect,race colour or creed?

      • hezzies are terrorists

        Yeh really? Did the Bahraini government torture and kill children for writing graffiti?? Is the bahraini government bombing civilians from the skies with chemical and conventional weapons?? i could go on but you will just try defending your pals the hezzies and Assad. And btw my opinion of ALL Arab gulf monarchies is that they should be shot as they are ALL dictators. But the point here is that the hezzies and their supporters carry on about Bahrain while supporting and participating in the massacre of Syrians, which is way more oppressed than Bahrain.

        • dateam

          You are one angry person…Read my comments and understand the english language before chucking an il informed tantrum…I clearly stated oppression is oppression whether its one degree to another its still oppression….secondly read the list i mentioned and the countries on it i also mentioned syria….so i have no idea what your point is…..

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          The second smartest thing I’ve seen you post, gradually we might entirely agree.

  • hezzies are terrorists

    2- Our support for the the oppressed people of Bahrain did not
    change at all . We consider that the injustices practiced by the
    Syrian authorities against the people are huge and they still persist
    in denying the rights of political participation for the Syrian people
    .

    3 – The apology should go to the Syrian people themselves, who showed patience and tolerance for more than two and a half years and have suffered from repression and all kinds of of abuse by the ruling authorities .

    4-The threat and intimidation and unjust accusation practiced by the authorities in Syrian
    against anyone who supports the Syrian people and their just cause is
    further evidence of the inability of the ruling authorities to dialogue
    with its own people. “

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      The smartest thing I’ve seen you post. That doesn’t mean I agree with you entirely.

    • dateam

      Couldnt the same be said of the bahrain government? After all did they not bring in saudia arabias army to quash the revolution?

      • Peaceforleb

        That doesn’t count will some people dateam, After all the oppressor is Sunni while the oppressed is Shiite. In this case as we all know, the main stream media very conveniently forgot the report such oppression.

        • dateam

          Whether its shiite or sunni christian or whatever…the point is people see what they want to see…oppressed is oppressed…oppressor is oppressor….look at libya,tunisia,egypt,ksa,palestine,syria.morocco and on and on and on

          • Peaceforleb

            I completely agree with you datam. I just wish others were able to see the same.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Cut the BS

          • dateam

            Its amazing isnt it? You made a perfectly legitimate comment simply stating if only people could see each other in the same way yet cop these comments and 2 thumbs down? It makes one wonder how people raise their kids these days? Do people allow their kids to play with kids of a different sect,race colour or creed?

      • hezzies are terrorists

        Yeh really? Did the Bahraini government torture and kill children for writing graffiti?? Amazing how Shiites are the same as Jews

        • dateam

          You are one angry person…Read my comments and understand the english language before chucking an il informed tantrum…I clearly stated oppression is oppression whether its one degree to another its still oppression….secondly read the list i mentioned and the countries on it i also mentioned syria….so i have no idea what your point is…..

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          The second smartest thing I’ve seen you post, gradually we might entirely agree.

  • 5thDrawer

    Sometimes, to operate in the real world, a ‘news channel’ must attempt to be accurate. The advertisers begin to drop away when folks turn it off or simply ignore it. Private stations usually have only one agenda … like only rock n roll, or only jazz … play to a small audience.
    You’d think Hezzys would be happy to be able to put ‘their message’ out to more people, right?
    Oh … yes .. that accuracy bit … most annoying to a Happy Hezzy.

    • dateam

      I see it as 2 different things here…the news channel apologising as a news channel re its coverage…the other side is the political side not apologising…for one that champions womens causes at least acknowledge that they have a media channel where women work openly and candidly…unlike some countries that claim womens ovaries wont work if they drive however if they sit in the back seat like mules they will be ok?

      • hezzies are terrorists

        As opposed to your beloved Iran which hangs teens for being gay

        • 5thDrawer

          See Guys? WE know what’s accurate. 🙂

        • dateam

          Amazing and very insightful comment..they actually hang people there for alot less than at as they do in your beloved ksa…tell me what do they do with gay teens in ksa?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            “China, Iran and the USA have consistently figured among the top 5 executioners over the past five years”
            Amnesty figures. Lol. Amazing how you consistently defend your buddies. Btw you might want to correct your comment

          • dateam

            Again I must be speaking a different language? What do i need to correct? You are going off in a tangent now….what am i defending? I stated in response to your comment that in iran they execute for a lot less than that? Then I asked you what they do with them in saudia arabia…please enlighten me and what point you are trying to make?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lol if you can’t see what needs correcting then that’s ok, not my place to show you 🙂
            As for going of into a tangent, you’re the one who decided to start by bringing women’s ovaries into the discussion about your beloved hezzies supporting civilians in Bahrain while they are currently massacring civilians in Syria. CONSISTENCY

          • 5thDrawer

            Nothing wrong with women’s ovaries … we all like them, don’t we? 😉
            But really, it was not a whole country making THAT idiot claim to prevent driving … just one very weird ‘scientific’ brain. So, you are both right. :-))

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lol very diplomatic 5th. Btw I prefer vodka over scotch.

          • 5thDrawer

            I liked the Polish ‘Fruit Vodkas’ … must be 100 varieties … plain has little taste.
            ‘Harvey Wallbanger’ was good … but I went to ‘Rusty Nail’ for the purity in a mix.
            🙂

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Give the Goose a go, I think its more you.

          • 5thDrawer

            Was In Atlanta once .. tried it … not bad. But … The ‘Glens’ stay at the top.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            my favorite is the goose and not the one named aoun or nasty but grey

          • dateam

            Again please explain where i have condoned anything? Your the one making assumptions. I have simply made a personal analysis of the above article stating that that the news outlet has apoligised and that the political side if hzb has not. Where is that condoning anything?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Haha yes you did state your personal opinion but finished it with something completely irrelevant to the article by making it about women’s ovaries in ksa. Wtf has that got to do with the hezzies double standards that this article points out???

          • dateam

            Unlike executions in most other countries that have not abolished the death penalty, Saudi Arabia performs public executions in central Riyadh, instead of privately executing criminals in prisons. It is one of the last five countries to still carry out public executions, the other four being Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Yemen.[citation needed]

          • 5thDrawer

            Yah Dateam .. it’s that old thing about putting up the ‘shining example’ for the folks to see. Keeps ‘the lawless’ in check, right? Must be Hard in those countries to find anyone now who’s a baddie since they know what could happen … although there is some resemblance to the Roman Amphitheater when it comes to the Stadium Crowd for the ‘Official’ Beheadings. Blood Sports assuaged the populace under the dictators of various ages – Nero was quite good at it.
            ‘Vlad The Impaler’ was unique in methodology … but everyone minded their P’s&Q’s as they filed past the palace. :-)))

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            So in private are atrocities permissible?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            My “beloved ksa”?? Do you have comprehension issues? I clearly stated ALLLLLLL Arab gulf dictators should be shot. What is happening in Syria and Iraq wouldn’t have occurred if there were decent leaders in ksa etc. But as you are a supporter of child killers and torturers you will continue defending the hezzies and the Safavids.

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Well being gay isn’t something to be proud of, however hanging them is a little over the top. IMO anyway.

  • 5thDrawer

    Sometimes, to operate in the real world, a ‘news channel’ must attempt to be accurate. The advertisers begin to drop away when folks turn it off or simply ignore it. Private stations usually have only one agenda … like only rock n roll, or only jazz … play to a small audience.
    You’d think Hezzys would be happy to be able to put ‘their message’ out to more people, right?
    Oh … yes .. that accuracy bit … most annoying to a Happy Hezzy.

    • dateam

      I see it as 2 different things here…the news channel apologising as a news channel re its coverage…the other side is the political side not apologising…for one that champions womens causes at least acknowledge that they have a media channel where women work openly and candidly…unlike some countries that claim womens ovaries wont work if they drive however if they sit in the back seat like mules they will be ok?

      • hezzies are terrorists

        As opposed to your beloved Iran which hangs teens for being gay

        • 5thDrawer

          See Guys? WE know what’s accurate. 🙂

        • dateam

          Amazing and very insightful comment..they actually hang people there for alot less than at as they do in your beloved ksa…tell me what do they do with gay teens in ksa?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            “China, Iran and the USA have consistently figured among the top 5 executioners over the past five years”
            Amnesty figures. Lol. Amazing how you consistently defend your buddies. Btw you might want to correct your comment

          • dateam

            Again I must be speaking a different language? What do i need to correct? You are going off in a tangent now….what am i defending? I stated in response to your comment that in iran they execute for a lot less than that? Then I asked you what they do with them in saudia arabia…please enlighten me and what point you are trying to make?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lol if you can’t see what needs correcting then that’s ok, not my place to show you 🙂
            As for going of into a tangent, you’re the one who decided to start by bringing women’s ovaries into the discussion about your beloved hezzies supporting civilians in Bahrain while they are currently massacring civilians in Syria. CONSISTENCY

          • 5thDrawer

            Nothing wrong with women’s ovaries … we all like them, don’t we? 😉
            But really, it was not a whole country making THAT idiot claim to prevent driving … just one very weird ‘scientific’ brain. So, you are both right. :-))

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lol very diplomatic 5th. Btw I prefer vodka over scotch.

          • 5thDrawer

            I liked the Polish ‘Fruit Vodkas’ … must be 100 varieties … plain has little taste.

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Give the Goose a go, I think its more you.

          • 5thDrawer

            Was In Atlanta once .. tried it … not bad. But … The ‘Glens’ stay at the top.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            my favorite is the goose and not the one named aoun or nasty but grey

          • dateam

            Again please explain where i have condoned anything? Your the one making assumptions. I have simply made a personal analysis of the above article stating that that the news outlet has apoligised and that the political side if hzb has not. Where is that condoning anything?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Haha yes you did state your personal opinion but finished it with something completely irrelevant to the article by making it about women’s ovaries in ksa. Wtf has that got to do with the hezzies double standards that this article points out???

          • dateam

            Unlike executions in most other countries that have not abolished the death penalty, Saudi Arabia performs public executions in central Riyadh, instead of privately executing criminals in prisons. It is one of the last five countries to still carry out public executions, the other four being Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Yemen.[citation needed]

          • 5thDrawer

            Yah Dateam .. it’s that old thing about putting up the ‘shining example’ for the folks to see. Keeps ‘the lawless’ in check, right? Must be Hard in those countries to find anyone now who’s a baddie since they know what could happen … although there is some resemblance to the Roman Amphitheater when it comes to the Stadium Crowd for the ‘Official’ Beheadings. Blood Sports assuaged the populace under the dictators of various ages – Nero was quite good at it.
            ‘Vlad The Impaler’ was unique in methodology … but everyone minded their P’s&Q’s as they filed past the palace. :-)))

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            So in private are atrocities permissible?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            My “beloved ksa”?? Do you have comprehension issues? I clearly stated ALLLLLLL Arab gulf dictators should be shot. What is happening in Syria and Iraq wouldn’t have occurred if there were decent leaders in ksa etc. But as you are a supporter of child killers and torturers you will continue defending the hezzies and the Safavids.

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Well being gay isn’t something to be proud of, however hanging them is a little over the top. IMO anyway.